Nearly two weeks removed from Ultra Music Festival voluntarily annulling their license with the City of Miami and teasing “a new South Florida location” for 2020, Miami officials are now attempting to have the festival return to its home base. The festival was forced to host their chaotic 2019 iteration in Virginia Key after 18 successful years in Downtown Miami but ultimately decided to cut their losses from their one-off venue.
On May 21, the City of Miami held a “Sunshine Meeting” where officials reinstated discussions on Ultra’s future to conclude whether or not they were interested in “re-engaging” with the festival’s organizers. Among those present for the meeting were Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez along with commissioners Ken Russell, Keon Hardemon, and Joe Carollo. Gonzalez made his concerns over Ultra exiting the Miami area evident in stating that it was a “huge loss” and that there would be irreparable economic damages. The Miami City Manager ended his exchange by emphasizing that he would not hesitate to have Ultra back. The discussion is currently tabled until June 27, as the clock continues to tick closer to March 2020.
Recently, there has been much concern as to where Ultra Music Festival will be relocating its home festival. After it’s 2019 edition at Virginia Key, Miami officials agreed that the festival would not be returning to its recently new location due to many complications that occurred during this year’s event. Afterwards, Ultra then chose to
On May 8, Ultra announced their decision to voluntarily leave Miami, ahead of a May 9 vote that would have likely kicked the festival out of its second home in two years. Ultra’s statement included a primer on a new permanent host venue to be announced soon, though the cat might be out of the bag now.
Sources close to the situation believe Ultra’s new home will be about an hour south of Miami, in Homestead, likely at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Miami Herald, which described May 8 as “the day electronic dance music died in Miami,” spoke with Homestead City Manager George Gretsas who confirmed that he and the Homestead City Council are aware of the talks between the festival and the NASCAR venue. At this point, the deal seems imminent, though nothing has been confirmed as final yet.
Currently though, its hard who will come out on top of all of this. Ultra lost its home at Bayfront Park and as a result, was forced into a new venue at Virginia Key Beach, which proved to be a logistic disaster this year. But after two tumultuous blows, the festival has seemingly gotten its just desserts, beating the City of Miami to the punch with its voluntary withdrawal and undoubtedly taking millions away from the city’s bottom line. But with EDC Las Vegas and HARD Summer both being previously forced out of major metropolitan venues in Los Angeles, the speedway venues they’ve both adopted have proven to work in those events’ favor, so maybe the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be Ultra’s saving grace in 2020. We’ll have to wait and see.
Ultra Music Festival has been held in Miami for 21 years. But today, the EDM festival took to Twitter to share an open letter announcing the termination of Ultra’s license with the city. According to the letter, the festival is “now finalizing a new South Florida location.” There have been more than a few slip-ups … More »
Ultra Music Festival is officially leaving Miami. The festival and Miami City Council were expected to have a meeting tomorrow about the coming years. But, Ultra has “voluntarily terminated” their license before the meeting happened. Leading up to this years event, there was quite the debate from the Miami City Council against Ultra about where
Ultra Music Festival is on the move once again. For the second time in two years, the powerhouse electronic events brand is in the process of finding a new home. The festival’s nomadic woes began after losing their longtime home venue of Miami’s Bayfront Park after their 20th anniversary in 2018. This year’s edition of the event proved to be a logistic nightmare at a snappily thrown-together Virginia Key, and along with the growing concerns of Ultra’s environmental impact, has forced the festival to move once again.
Ultra’s official statement phrases the move as a voluntarily relinquishing of their license with the City of Miami, assuring fans the event will return to form in the coming year. Furthermore, the release states that Ultra is in the process of finalizing a “permanent home” in South Florida. Details are still unfolding, see Ultra’s full statement below.
University of Miami researchers have determined that the fish living in waters surrounding Ultra Music Festival’s new venue on Virginia Key were subject to extreme levels of stress from the festival’s volume levels—perhaps greater than that of being chased by a predator.
Researchers performed blood tests of fish at the Virginia Key hatchery, and with data collected from sound monitors, presented their findings to the Virginia Key Advisory Board. Ultimately, as a result, the advisory board suggested a resolution urging Miami revoke Ultra’s permit for a 2020 installment on Virginia Key, largely citing the noise issues. Ultra representatives have yet to comment, though the festival’s future seems tenuous at best after its first year in a new host venue.
Just weeks after debuting his new Cubev3 setup at Ultra Music Festival, deadmau5 has shared a brief recap for those who weren’t in the Miami crowd. In the three-minute video, he shows the work that went into setting up the impressive installation, starting with packing up the Cube in Toronto in February, along with snippets from sound-checking with Lights. Set to mau5ville: Level 2‘s “Drama Free,” the video drops with the chorus and shows an enthralled Ultra crowd going nuts to the new setup and Lights’ live performance of the song along with it.
deadmau5 is taking the monstrous setup on the road, making stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn and more this fall and in early 2020. Learn more and get tickets here.
This year’s Ultra Music Festival was filled with unexpected thrills, experiences, and surprises. As many of you may know, this year’s event was unlike any other; with its new location, Virginia Key, and new transportation methods, such as shuttles and ferry transport, we weren’t sure how everything was going to be like. Luckily, EDM Sauce
After a shaky start to day one at Ultra Music Festival‘s new Virginia Key location, things started to return to normal as the weekend progressed. Rectifying the transportation errors with extra sets and extended hours, Ultra was successfully able to return the focus of the festival to the music. Between the main stage area and Resistance Island, day three of the festival included performances from a slew of Ultra favorites, including Carl Cox,The Chainsmokers and David Guetta.
From Zeds Dead‘s wonky bass takeover to Armin van Buuren‘s three-hour exploration of all things trance, the talent that closed out Ultra’s final day have left fans itching for more. Whether you were at the festival and want to relive those moments, or missed out while at home, revisit some of Dancing Astronaut‘s favorite sets from day three of the Miami festival.